CWD families include grandparents, and at Friends for Life, we have a special Grandparents Track just for you. The Grandparents Faculty will lead you through two days of exploration and sharing. You'll learn the basics about your grandchild's diabetes, about pumps and meters and the latest in diabetes gadgets and gizmos. Your sessions are just for grandparents.
Julie Baccaro is mom to Emily, age 15, and Kyle, age 17. Kyle was diagnosed in 2001 at the age of 7, and he has been pumping since they returned from attending their first FFL Conference in 2006. Julie devotes considerable volunteer time as coordinator of a youth community outreach program and as coordinator of youth mission trips to Appalachia. She is also director of a youth run soup kitchen program and works with homeless families and youth at risk. In 2011, Julie assisted with the grandparent's program at FFL and provided significant one-on-one time with the alternate caregiver participants effectually providing a "generational link." Julie is employed by a major accounting firm in Manhattan, NY and resides in Newburgh, NY with Kyle and Emily.
Bruce and Rachele Baccaro have a combined total of 94 years at IBM working in various capacities from engineer to graphic design management and from secretary to capital financial management and are grandparents to five. Their oldest grandchild, Kyle, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age seven. Through Kyle and his mom, Julie, Bruce and Rachele were first introduced to CWD in 2006 and experienced FFL for the first time in 2007. They knew immediately that we wanted to be involved with FFL in some capacity, and were selected to be the 'lead Grandparents' for the first time at Friends for Life 2008. Bruce and Rachele now help lead the Grandparents Track at Friends for Life conferences. They reside in Newburgh, New York, close to their blended family of three children and five grandchildren.
Jen Block, MSN, RN, CDE, NP, has had type 1 diabetes for 15 years and works as a Research Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator at Stanford University in the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology. Jen also works as a consultant on the T1D Exchange Project. She very much enjoys participating in Friends for Life as Staff, and is looking forward to working in the Grandparents Program this summer!
Bruce Buckingham, M.D., is a Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at Stanford Medical Center. His research interests have focused on continuous glucose monitoring in children. He is Principal Investigator at Stanford for DirecNet, an NIH sponsored multicenter study group which evaluates continuous glucose sensors in children. His current work focuses on the use of continuous glucose sensors in real-time, and the development of a closed-loop. These efforts are being funded by the JDRF and NIH and are currently focused on preventing nocturnal hypoglycemia and rapidly restoring metabolic control at the onset of diabetes.
Betsy Norsworthy is a Territory Manager for Animas/LifeScan and has been employed with Animas for over 12 years. She has had type 1 diabetes for over 33 years and been wearing an insulin pump for 16 years. Betsy was the first patient to wear the Animas insulin pump with insulin back in 2000. Betsy has a dual Masters degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in Health Administration and Health Education. She resides in Media, PA with her husband Clete and chocolate lab Xena.
Richard Rubin, Ph.D., C.D.E., Psychologist, past president of the American Diabetes Association, and Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Author of Psyching Out Diabetes and Sweet Kids, Optimal Pumping, and 101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes, Dr. Rubin is Stefan Rubin's father. Stefan is also on the conference faculty and is a co-author of Optimal Pumping and 101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes. Dr. Rubin is a sought after speaker for both professionals and people living with diabetes. He speaks with authority and warmth on the human side of diabetes.
Heather Speer, MPH, CCRC, CDE, is a CWD mom and CDE who has worked tirelessly for the last 20 years with thousands of families who have children with type 1 diabetes. She has served as coordinator of the PADRE Foundation's Fashion Show, Golf Tournament, Teen Surf and Snowboard Camps and Family Social events. She has developed education and support programs for kids with diabetes and their families. Heather instituted an emergency kit program for all newly diagnosed children at Children's Hospital Orange County when her daughter Stephanie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age three in 1990. Heather joined the CWD Ask the Diabetes Team in 1996. She lives with her husband Steve in Newport Beach, California and continues to work with children and families at CHOC. At Friends for Life, Heather is part of the Grandparents' Faculty.
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